Tuesday, May 26, 2009

8 days

last night marked 8 days of malcolm sleeping alone, all night, in his crib! after 15 months of frustration, and battling with him at bed time, we are now letting him "cry it out". and it is working like a charm. i am so pleased with the way he has responded to it. we tried the CIO method a couple times when we was younger, but it just didn't work. so we stopped. he was so young, and it made me too sad to listen to him in there crying all alone. i know every baby reacts differently to it, and i just don't think he was ready for it, until now.

but this last week has been totally different. the first night i put him in his crib, he cried for about 15 min, fell asleep for about 20 min, woke up and cried for 15 more, and then was out. night two he cried for about 15 minutes and was out. he did wake up a few times that night, but i just left him in there, and he eventually fell back asleep. nights 3 through 8, he was asleep within 10-15 minutes, and stayed asleep for 7 to 10 hours. the past three nights, we have moved up "bedtime" an hour, and he went to sleep just fine. so we are going to slowly get his schedule on the right track. i am so stoked.

it's so nice to go to bed on my own terms. and to have a few minutes of "free time" to clean up, or make alanna's lunch, or read a magazine. i've already read three issues of good housekeeping, that i didn't have a chance to read (uninterrupted) before. (thanks vicky, for the subscription!) plus it's nice to be able to sleep next to my husband again (well, kind of... lucky is always squeezed in between us).

a well rested baby is a happy baby, and a well rested mom is a better mom.

malcolm, well rested & sleepy-eyed in the morning!

this past weekend was great. sorry, i didn't take any photos. on sunday, we were up and out of the house by 12:30 pm (that's rare on the weekend). we all went to the flea market at the fairgrounds. we love bumming around there, lots of interesting stuff (and people) to look at. we went to the nc museum of art. had some yummy veggie burgers for dinner. then stopped at the mall, so i could go to the scrapbooking store, and danny could go to barnes & noble.

yesterday was memorial day, so alanna was out of school. the kids and i went over to our friend's lia and gannon's house for a cook out. they have a nice back deck, and a big yard, and the kids loved running around on the grass. lana and her kids were there too, and malcolm loved chasing after damien. it was cute. the weather was awesome all weekend long. it did rain on and off, but the clouds made it so that the sun didn't burn us up while we were outside.

earth crisis played in raleigh last night, so alanna and danny went to the show. i stayed home with malcolm, since the venue was not appropriate for him. danny met the band for food, and then brought karl by the house, when he came to pick up alanna. we had a nice chat about vegan food, parenthood, and kids (he has an eleven year old son). it was a nice little hang out. danny said the show was good, and they had a nice time at it. he saw lots of old friends that he doesn't see very often.

tomorrow is alanna's last day of 6th grade. i hope all goes well. i know she is going to be sad when she gets home. i remember being sad when school let out, knowing that i wasn't going to see my friends anymore. bummer.


  1. thank you for not mentioning how crazy Damien was...gotta love 5 year olds!

  2. Wow, 7th grade is next. That is about the time I lost my mind. Beware. LOL . J/K.

    I'm glad that you are sleeping better now. I tried the CIO method once but my heart shattered and then I was too traumatized to do it again. I'm really glad that it worked out for you. I know since Demetri has been sleeping better, I feel like a new woman!

    I can't wait to see you guys!

  3. whatever lana, damien was fine. i'm sure he loved having gannon throw him all around!

    yeah, she is already in middle school. she is supposed to go to a new school for 7th grade, and she is sad that she won't be with her friends next year. i'm trying to request a transfer. i know how hard it is to go to a new school where you don't know anyone. i was wild in 7th grade too. but she's a good kid, i'm sure she'll be fine!

  4. Oh yay! I am so glad the cry it out method is working for you. Congrats!